SafeHomes Program offers an opportunity for parents to join
together to help provide a safer environment for their children.
It does not require commitment of time or extra effort for
already busy families. It is simply a public agreement between
us to follow some simple principles that will provide a genuinely
safer world for our children to grow in.
Do We Need A SafeHomes Program?
young people are faced, almost daily, with pressures to
use alcohol and illegal drugs. As if the over glamorized
advertising of alcohol were not enough, there are endless
social messages and pressures to use all kinds of intoxicants.
Even those children who choose not use, are frequently
forced to socialize with those who are using, if they are
to socialize at all.
Is Required If I Join SafeHomes?
the pledge to
your children and explain that, while they may not now
understand the purpose, you have joined out of love for
them. Then live up to the requirements of the pledge without
If I Feel that Young People Should Be Allowed To Drink
Alcohol If they Are Properly Supervised?
are perfectly free to choose not to sign the SafeHomes pledge.
You should feel no pressure to join if you plan to serve
alcohol to teens. We feel, however, that you should know
shows that adults who were "taught to drink responsibly" as
teens grow up to have as many alcohol related problems
as adults who were allowed to do as they pleased as
teens and adults who were allowed to drink at all as
teens. There is no advantage to "teaching" them to
and psychologically the adolescent is much more vulnerable
to the effects of alcohol than the mature adult. Biological
researchers have proven that young people who begin
drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to
develop alcohol dependence than those who began drinking
at age 21. In fact, the risk of alcohol dependency
decreases by 14% with each increasing year of age of
law states unequivocally that IT
IS ILLEGAL TO PROVIDE ALCOHOL TO ANYONE UNDER 21 YEARS
OF AGE IN NEW YORK (other
than your own child.) The SafeHomes pledge does
not intend to interfere with your choice in your own
home with your own children. It hopes to eliminate
drinking party situations where others are present.
we feel that adults who choose to allow groups of teens
to drink are fostering a disrespect of the law in these
young people, regardless of their own personal beliefs.
We hope that you consider the possible consequences
of this action.
About The Teens Who Choose To Drink Anyway, Regardless
Of The SafeHomes Program?
stop all kids from drinking. That is not the goal of SafeHomes.
We wish to do three things:
Provide a safe social environment for teens in OUR OWN
a clear, unambiguous message to our children and all teens
that we care enough for their safety to risk their
to try to protect them.
3. To inform
other parents that if their children come to our home,
they will be supervised and that alcohol and other drugs
are proper, realistic, and can be achieved in our community.
If A Family Signs, Then Violates The Pledge?
Program is a voluntary program and those who sign it are
pledging on their personal honor to abide by it. The SafeHomes
Committee cannot guarantee the behavior of, nor accept
responsibility for, the behavior of anyone.
I Sign, Then What?
supervise social gatherings at your home and restrict the
use of alcohol and other drugs. The SafeHomes pledge will
be renewed on an annual basis. You are not obligated to
work, volunteer, attend meetings, or spend any of your
time or effort. Just follow the pledge.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to
contact the SafeHomes Committee from your school or organization
or call the SafeHomes Coordinator at the Erie County Council
for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse at (716)